Street Art-Inspiration!

I am generally a very open person.  My family is always amazed at the intimate details complete strangers share with me about their lives. Some amazing opportunities have come my way just by happenstance, or fate as you will, from being open.

One summer afternoon in 2014, shortly after I had moved back to NYC, I found myself on an LIRR platform, trying to figure out which platform was for trains going into NYC and which were going out to the end of Long Island.  There was no one around to ask, the ticket window was closed.  An unusual looking man, dressed in cargo shorts, a tee shirt and a ball cap that said, “JERK” across the front walked onto the platform, (I later discovered the street artist, “Incarcerated Jerkface” hence the cap). He had a twinkle in his eye, a waxed handlebar mustache, tattoos everywhere and was carrying some canvas bags.   I decided to ask him if I was in the right place. He answered in an Irish brogue that indeed I was on the platform heading to NYC.  We started talking and he told me that he was heading to Bushwick, Brooklyn to work on a mural for The Bushwick Collective, and showed me all the cans of spray paint in his bags. Solus was my personal introduction to Street Art.  His visual social commentary is concise and on target and his playful sense of humor draws you into his world and makes you want to see what else he has to say. That chance meeting opened my eyes to all the street art around me and I was hooked.

Lauren's Rose, 38" x 48",Acrylic on recycled, distressed board, $6400,
Lauren’s Rose, 38″ x 48″,Acrylic on recycled, distressed board, $6000,

I wanted to work with spray paint and on a larger scale. The street is a gritty place so I  used that influence by spray painting on old construction board, then using markers and oil crayons for more definition. I worked in the stairwell in my building which was being renovated so there was lots of construction there at the time. Certainly not ideal but super exciting. I was kicked out of the stairwell by the construction dude and that was the end of spray painting until I moved to the Bay area near San Francisco. I converted the garage of that place into my outdoor studio. I started small and found I liked thinking about the directional light that I could create within each piece. More fun.On

 

Once I got the feel of it, I wanted to work bigger so found some steel at Home Depot and did a series of large flowers, experimenting with different techniques. I like layering the colors in a veil, masking the edges and experimenting with different nozzles to get different effects.

Big Red, acrylic on steel, 39" x 51", $6000
Big Red, acrylic on steel, 39″ x 51″, $6000

Finished and framed it brightens up an otherwise white apartment in my beloved NYC.

Big Red, $6000, Tidal Pools, $1700 in a NYC apartment.
Big Red, $6000, Tidal Pools, $1700 in a NYC apartment.
Summer Storm/Summer Storm Shadow $900 each, &Big Red, $7300, in a NYC apartment.
Summer Storm/Summer Storm Shadow $900 each, &Big Red, $6000, in a NYC apartment.

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Big Red was juried into the Artbox Project’s gallery at Art Basel Miami. My friend went to check out my art and make sure everything was looking good for me. I was digitally represented in this show which is wonderfully vibrant on the screen.

Pink, vertical floral hangs in the bedroom.
Delphinium, in a room.
"Delphinium", 40"x 52", acrylic spray paint on steel, $7300
“Delphinium”, acrylic spray paint on steel, 51″x 39″, $6000

Delphinium, (above), can be hung vertically or horizontally.  A lot of time when I am working on a composition, I flip the panel around to make sure it is balance, especially in more abstract works. Carmen, (below), has layers of color to create luminosity and vibrance.

Large, red, heirloom rose, opening towards the sun. Painted with acrylic spray paints by Cynthia McLoughlin
Carmen, acrylic on steel, 39″ x 51″,$6000
Cynthia McLoughlin, artist along side of the digital image of her painting, Carmen, at the Stricoff Gallery in Chelsey, NYC in 2018.
Carmen and me at the Stricoff Gallery during Armory Show Week in 2018.

Violet Iris was sold to a collector who loves everything Iris.

Giant purple Iris with yellow background, spray painted by artist Cynthia McLoughlin
Violet Iris in the Miami Spectrum Art Show, 2016.

 

Photo of the Artbox Project's booth at the Spectrum Miami show in Florida, 2016. Violet Iris by artist,Cynthia McLoughlin is highlighted.
Violet Iris, acrylic spray paint on steel, 39″ x 51″, Sold

I really liked the vibrant brights but wanted something a bit softer in dessert colors to sell in the high desert of Park City, Utah. I made Metamorphosis and Spiraling Fauna as companion pieces. The former is a large orchid like flower and the latter a compilation of smaller shapes weaving through one another.

So now what? Well, since the weather has finally warmed up, I am back in my well ventilated semi-outdoor studio thinking about what to do next.  I used an underpainting that was spray painted for my most recent piece, “Pestilence” and am working on a few more sub-paintings for a few more city scapes.  I follow artist Douglas Schneider in social media as I really enjoy his perspective and works.  He is a master at abstracting parts of his paintings while still having nostalgic, figurative elements as well.

The ghostly siren Pestilence walks on to the island of Manhattan, surrounded by sky scrapers as she brings her spidery virus floating around her and seeping into the ground and buildings.
Pestilence arrives in NYC

 

Pandemic Cityscape

The ghostly siren Pestilence walks on to the island of Manhattan, surrounded by sky scrapers as she brings her spidery virus floating around her and seeping into the ground and buildings.
Pestilence arrives in NYC

Pestilence, Covid-19

As I stay safely at home in Park City, abiding by the social distancing guidelines, my heart goes out to everyone effected by this pandemic, but particularly those in the epicenter of disease in our country, New York City.

I wanted to channel my emotions and put them into a painting and this is the result. The underpainting is done with acrylic spray paints, some grid panels I found and a stencil that I designed and made. The achitectural structure of the metal grid contrasts with an organic, spidery, floral overlay which represent the virus infiltrating the city.  The cityscape is taken from some photos I took from the 45th floor, overlooking the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan.  I interpreted the disease as an alluring, ghostly siren making her way into the city, tempting citizens to their fate.  She brings with her the disease, suspended in the air around her.  I have left some of the underpainting showing though in the streets and buildings representing the viruses infectious, rapid spread. Hope is the message on the building, hoping people will stay home and safe and curb this ravaging beast.

Urban Murals

Park City, Utah!

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Urban Art

One of the things I love about Urban Art are the characters that become part of the artists signature style. There is something about these playful images in particular that touches a nostalgic chord in me.  Watching cartoons on Saturday mornings, walking down to Denure’s shop in town to read the comic books, (then buy one or two for good measure), and reading the Sunday funnies are very fond memories of my youth.

Betty Boop has always been a favorite. Check out one of her early flicks, “The Old Man of the Mountain”.  One of the things that catapulted her to fame was the longing of folks during the Depression to harken back to a happier time. Another was that she was pre-National Legion of Decency and the early flicks were quite racy. You can’t talk about Betty and not mention the famous Cab Calloway song, “Minnie the Moocher”.

Trent Call

This mural by Trent Call is in the pedestrian tunnel under Bonanza Blvd. on the rail trail in Park City, Utah.  The characters remind me of the Betty Boop era (one of the characters has a striking resemblance to her), and could easily have been in one of her movies.  I like that the artist has these wonderfully nostalgic characters enjoying many of the fun things that Park City has to offer: hiking, biking, skiing, drinking coffee and spirits and also illustrates some of the crossover of the local industry: making movies, roasting coffee and cocoa beans, distilling spirits, brewing beer and mining.

When you are looking for something fun to do in isolation, take a bike ride on the rail trail and check out this spectacular Street Art! It is in the second tunnel as you ride up the hill towards Main Street!

What makes a good road painting?

Photo of a long, straight road going straight as an arrow to the volcanic mountains of Iceland in the early spring. Snow still on the peaks but not much on the sides of the road
⁨Snæfellsjökull National Park⁩, ⁨Snæfellsbær⁩, ⁨Western Iceland⁩, ⁨Iceland⁩
Photo of a beautiful waterfall with a drop of about 50 feet in the Iceland spring. Snow covered mountains surround this peaceful place, the warm, brown earth surrounding the falls.
⁨Grundarfjarðarbær⁩, ⁨Western Iceland⁩, ⁨Iceland⁩
In this photo the viewer looks over the dashboard of the truck we are driving toward the snow spotted mountains that seem to slide up and out of the earth. An oncoming truck approaches on this cloudy, grey day.
⁨Helgafellssveit⁩, ⁨Western Iceland⁩, ⁨Iceland⁩
The deep brown volcanic mountains of Iceland crescendo in a spiky peak, snow spotting the shoulders and filling in the ridges all the way down the deep brown form. Viewed while traveling in the car, the foreground blurs as we drive by.
⁨Reykjavík⁩, ⁨Iceland⁩
The camera jumped as we hit a bump and the blurred the vision of the mountain, trees and snowy foreground as we drive by a long white barn.
Tungubakkar⁩, ⁨Reykjavík⁩, ⁨Iceland⁩
A photo of a snow spotted, volcanic, rocky mountain rising toward a blue sky with snowy white clouds.
Eya- og Miklaholtshreppur, Western Iceland

Touring Iceland,‎⁨  on the way to Snaefellsjokull National Park

The photos above are some that I took last year while traveling in Iceland. We were going to see Sanefellsjokul, a volcano that we actually braved cold and wind to climb.  Pretty cool hike. I like these photos  particularly because it is spring, snow still on the mountains, nothing green coming up from the ground just yet and no one around.  It seems so long ago, so much has changed. I wonder how the residence are doing in this isolated land? I have a book of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings and these photos remind me of some of his works.

What is the attraction?

I have contemplated the attraction to my road paintings, is it the road itself that suggests a journey? Is it a metaphor for the journey we all explore called life? Perhaps it isn’t the road at all but the open skies portrayed in several of my paintings? Check out my Journeys portfolio and let me know what draws you to this type of painting, or what repels you.  What is your favorite? I had a man come into the gallery  in February and we were discussing the vehicles in my painting, Sidewinder, (below).  He didn’t like them at all and thought it would be a much stronger painting with just the road winding through the mountains.  I asked a few of the other folks in the gallery at the time if they liked or did not like the vehicles, which they did. What do you think?

An original oil painting by Cynthia McLoughlin © 2019. Depicts a blue sky over a purple road winding through a red and amber abstract mountain pass.
Sidewinder, oil on brushed aluminum, 39″ x 39″, $5300

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A Time to Help.

An original oil painting of a crowned, hero, shadow woman holding the American Flag while looking into the abstract chaos in front of her. An original oil painting of a crowned, hero, shadow woman holding the American Flag while looking into the abstract chaos in front of her. cynthiamcloughlin©2020

Shelter in Place

Most of us have a little more time on our hands this week as we all stay safely at home, hopefully curtailing the spread of the virus. The world will emerge a different place after we move past this pandemic. It will be a  defining moment and eventually fade into history.

Donate

In an effort to hold on to something dear, I am donating funds to help UMOCA, (Utah’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City), to help them bridge the fiscal gap that so many businesses, non-profit or otherwise, are struggling to fill.  I know many of you have been laid off, had your hours cut and are worried about the future. We are all in this together and things will turn around.  For those of you in a position to give, I urge you to help.  You can donate now by clicking the link above.

Gratitude

My heart goes out to those who lost their battle with the virus, and the families who loved them as well as the health care workers who are risking everything to do their jobs. I am so grateful. Many thanks to each and every one of you.  Stay safe and well.

Spray Paint!

Inspiration

I am always intrigued by the way other artists create and manipulate the same flat space that I do.  I am often blown away by these creatives and in order to effect my own progression, it is important to experiment and try new things!

Underpainting

I started this painting last summer, in my outdoor studio. It is acrylic spray paint on a white aluminum panel.  Even though I wear a mask, the molecules of paint seem to go everywhere and coat everything so doing it in my indoor, not greatly ventilated studio is out of the question. I did a series of spray painted  canvases and panels a few years ago when I got really into Street Art and it was super fun.  Stencils are one of the tools of a street artist so I made this big floral stencil, figuring it might anchor a series.  At the very least, I wanted it to be mine.  Other elements are grids that I sprayed through to create the texture and just spraying directly on to the canvas.  It is fun to experiment!

Cityscape

I am planning on morphing this into a cityscape, maybe with something to honor this, the year of the woman. We shall see.  It is really scary to have something you really like and then want to take it to the next level.  I suppose I will just get over myself as I know how I did the first bit anyway. Still scary though…

Mountain Paintings, Provo Canyon

Snow Squalls, Provo Canyon, oil on aluminum panel, 39 x 51, $6900
Snow Squalls, Provo Canyon, more…

Utah Mountains

This past February, I brought my friends to the Sundance Resort on a perfect, bluebird morning. It is one of my favorite places to visit. The drive is spectacular and the scenery is ever changing, from the Jordanelle and Deer Creek Reservoirs, to the snowy peak of Mount Timpanogos. This painting is inspired by the view of Provo Canyon, just before you make the turn off Route 189 to head up to the resort.

Oil Painting Techniques

I was drawn to the contrast of the smooth, flowing rock face on the right vs. the jagged, layered mountains in the center.  It was feeling a little too traditional for me so I added the drips to the evergreen trees on the left.  The result reminds me a bit of some of the areas in Utah that have been ravaged by beetles, which is yet another problem caused by global warming. Ever the environmentalist, I urge you to conserve and reuse our resources and nurture our planet.

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California Mountains

Ridgelines, oil on aluminum, 40″ x 52″, Sold

Perspective

I love to paint from an aerial perspective.  Being a good distance above the Earth makes me feel peaceful and serene.  I have a friend who is a pilot and he sent me a few photos of his travels and I thought some of them would be fun to paint. This is a flyover of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest⁩, Forks Of Salmon, such a descriptive name of place.  I was particularly drawn to the striations in the mountains, how they undulate and form such a mass.  They were fun to describe in paint. Snow dusts the top of the ridge-lines like frosting on a cake, they seem to go on forever.

 

Sunrise Paintings

Metal

I make a lot of my paintings on 3mm double sided aluminum panels.  I am not really sure what the core substance is that they put between the panels but they are very sturdy and do not pop or bend, well unless you drop one on a corner or something.  Stuff happens.  Generally though the are  great to paint on and they come in a myriad of metal tones and finishes.  I usually paint on the silver toned panel with the brushed finish. They are the same panels that sign makers use.

Gold Panels

I have been wanting to paint on gold toned aluminum for awhile now and finally got around to ordering some. Purple is the compliment to yellow/gold so I did my best to work the colors to their limit.  There is a good deal of scraping on this one as well, I really wanted to catch the beams of light as they filter through the clouds.

Diptychs

I like to make paintings in a series for a number of reasons.  My studio is in my home and not gigantic so making larger paintings can be challenging.  The metal panels come in 4′ x 8′ at their largest size.  I have only done one painting with a panel in its entirety, Celestial Rhapsody, and it was really fun but a challenge to paint. I had to use a ladder to get to the top and it was too big to put on my easel so painting the bottom was a challenge as well.  It is hard to sit or kneel on the floor and paint. Diptychs are also good as they can be sold together or separately and they have a nice presence in the gallery.  There is a lot of competition out there for smaller painting and they tend to get lost among the larger works.

Mountain Road Painting

Underpass, Into the Light, oil on brushed aluminum. 39" x 39", $5300
Underpass, Into the Light, oil on brushed aluminum. 39″ x 39″, $5300

Oil Painting Techniques

I really like layering complimentary color glazes over each other.  In the painting above, I initially had hatch marks in the sky, similar to “Sidewinder” but wasn’t happy with it.  I took a big squeegee and exposed more of the reflection of the metal panel, pulling the color out of the sky and letting it overlap the surrounding areas. You can see the hatch-mark remnants at the top of the sky. I really like having some type of threshold to create space. Going under the overpass in this panting is a bit less traditional as it is above rather than below the main focus of the piece.

 

Painting Trees

Original oil painting on metal by Cynthia McLoughlin, orange sky with the silhouette of Carmel's special pines, silver water shimmers on the horizon.
Carmel Trees, oil on brushed aluminum panel, 27″ x 27″, $2500

Trees of Carmel

The evergreen trees in Carmel, California are very unusual and a variety that I have not often seen.  Their branches reach outward in a very graceful arc which reminds me a bit of a graceful ballet dancer, gesturing in the ocean breeze.  Of course the sunsets need no explanation.  It is sheer bliss to sit amongst the trees and rocks, listening to the waves crashing on the beach while the sun takes its last salute to the day. I pulled the paint away from the panel to create the shimmering ocean waves gently lapping at the shore. It was so peaceful and calm, it nurtures my soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunsets

Cynthia McLoughlin © 2019
LA Sky, 27″ x 27″, oil paint on a brushed aluminum panel, $2500

Los Angeles

The inspirational photo for this painting was given to me by a friend from LA. There is always something about the sunset that makes me pause, relax, and appreciate another good day on the planet.  When it is particularly colorful, I cannot resist trying to capture that magic as it changes, moment by moment, so I can revisit it and take pause, anytime during the day.

Mountain Views

Living in Park City, Utah, I have met Olympians, extreme athletes, and all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. Back country skiing is common here and many of the folks I meet enjoy the activity. This painting was inspired by a photo from a friend who hiked Mt. Shasta, in California, seeking adventure. I loved the idea of being high above the violet clouds and town below, peering through the mountain terrain.
Grandeur, oil on a brushed aluminum panel, 39″ x 51″, Sold

Mountain Peaks

Grandeur Peak is one of the many mountain peaks that falls in between Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. I like to paint all mountains and find them so inspiring, peaceful and spiritual. That is one of the reasons I spend so much of my time in Park City. When I am lucky enough to go on a delivery/install of my work I really enjoy seeing the homes in which my paintings will live.  This particular home is in Park City and is pretty darned spectacular!  Very modern and beautifully appointed, I could not be happier to be in such place of honor in the main living room!

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It is particularly pleasing to work with people who have a delightful color sense.  This home owner is a master at floral design and I adored all of the exquisite arrangements of living flowers in her home.  The arrangement on the mantel perfectly  compliments the highlights in the painting! When I lived in the East Bay area, San Francisco, I inherited an incredible garden from the previous homes owner.  I added a tiered fruit and vegetable garden in the time that we lived there and miss it still.  Plums warm from the sun, right off the tree, raspberries of many varieties, the legendary California blackberry, just to name a few.  My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Fog on the Mountain

A deep blue pebbled forground fades into the melting snowy mountains shrouded in a foggy blur of drippy atmosphere.

Fog on the Mountain, oil on white aluminum, 23″ x 23″

Inspiration

I am lucky enough to rise each morning and see the breathtaking view of the Wasatch Mountain Range from my window. I have become a bit of a bluebird skier and when it is foggy, I must admit to waiting for it to clear before I head out to the slopes. This is small section of the range, the highest peak on the right is 9,990.

Valentine

Shadow Woman - Patriot, oil on aluminum,  27" x 27", $2250
Shadow Woman – Patriot, oil on aluminum, 27″ x 27″, $2250

Strong Women

I was at a meeting this morning and my friend wished her friend a Happy “Gal”-entines Day!  I thought that was brilliant.  Taking a perceived negative of not being in a relationship and turning it on its head.  This is inspired by Richard Hambleton’s Shadowman.  I am starting to work on a series of strong, invincible women.  2020 is the hundredth anniversary of women getting the right to vote in Utah! Whooo hoo!

I hope your day was filled with love and joy.

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Gallery Representation

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Never Forget

Spirits, represented by shots of yellow surrounded by pink and orange halos float in between our world and the world beyond, their reflection obscured in the flowing water below. Cynthia McLoughlin © 2016
Spirits Sandy Hook Memorial, acrylic on steel, 39″ x 51″, $6000 for the framed original painting.

Abstract Art

This is the 7th anniversary of the tragedy in Sandy Hook.  There are some scary statistics out there about all the gun violence in America these days.  Please take a moment today to think about what each of us can do to help turn the tide on this epidemic in the new decade. Prints of this image are available at Saatchiart.com.  Profits from this image as well as the original painting will be donated to the Sandy Hook Promise.  

Miami Shows 2019

Gallery Shows

The Miami Shows are open!  If you are lucky enough to be in Miami this week, you can check out this group show at the beautiful, Eduardo Lira Art Gallery, 2075 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami!  (I believe that is in the Wynwood Arts District). Tuesday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 8th, 11am to 8pm every day!

My second group show is at SCOPE Miami Beach, 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL  with the Artifact Gallery, Booth D12! Tuesday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 8th, 11am to Midnight every day!

Shadow Woman – Patriot

fullsizeoutput_27ecI wanted to create a powerful woman figure as a voice for all the things I think are important and sometimes, in peril. This is the first of a series, “Shadow Woman”.  I love my country and am so grateful to all the men and women in service that  keep us safe. Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you!

Shadowman-Richard Hambleton

 

Richard Hambleton’s Street Art, “Shadowman”, is painted on walls, buildings, doors and pretty much anything you can imagine throughout the world.  He started painting his incredible, life size figures in the East Village of NYC in the late 1970’s and worked off and on until he passed in 2017.  His dancing, figures exude energy and one can imagine the break dancers on the corner with their beat boxes, performing on the street; splatters and spray accentuating their movements. Conveying a darker, more ominous mood, his figures lurk in alleys and dimly lit doorways, sometimes, even falling from the top of a building. There is a great show of his work currently at The Chase Contemporary Gallery in NYC, (521 W.23rd St.), where I saw these pieces, October 31st – December 7th, 2019.

Stay tuned as I am working on some figures of my own, Hambleton inspired. The spontaneity, the simplicity of only two colors, the energy, the incredible, life size compositions, all amaze me. I am starting on a smaller scale and will see how it goes.  The impact of the life sized pieces is intriguing and I love to work big, (or at least that would be big for me). If you haven’t been to my website lately, click the link and prowl around! cynthiamcloughlin.com

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